This has been a challenging year on many fronts, and we here at the Texas Standard have had to be the bearers of some pretty bad news. But as a gift to you this Christmas Day, we’re dedicating the whole show to good news.
What’s “good” and “bad” is, of course, highly subjective. The outcomes of political contests, for example, will have no place on this show. We’ve also brought you many stories this year of people doing good things despite hard times. Think of the teachers, medical staff and grocery store workers who have gone above and beyond. Also think of the 12-year-old composer who turned the coronavirus genome into music or the many people who put teddy bears in their windows for neighborhood children to spot on quarantine walks.
We also highlighted stories about people opening their hearts to one another in the midst of a reckoning over racism: artists sharing their work; a young man dedicated to being open to hard conversations; a brewery owner with a worldwide beer collaboration.
But in this show, we want to focus on some of the brighter stories of 2020 that happened outside of those broader challenges.
Catherine Koerner is the first woman to lead Orion – the NASA spacecraft that will return astronauts to the moon and beyond. She says a better understanding of the moon will help us get to Mars one day.
The Window View Trail, which is paved, is the only Texas trail to make the list.
The Texas Parks and Wildlife designation recognizes communities that have prioritized bird conservation and habitat.
San Antonio teacher Oscar Castro recorded, “Bluebonnet Sonnet” with his class. Then they took the song to the state capitol.
The zoo’s head of conservation says successful breeding of the reticulated flatwoods salamander makes him hopeful for the future of other endangered species.
What does it take to keep a marriage strong for 75 years? If you ask Eliseo and María Dávila, they’ll tell you that faith in God has a lot to do with it – and learning how to forgive.
Joe Lombard is one of the best high school basketball coaches ever. Now, his son Tate will take the reins at Canyon High School.
At Pearl Harbor, Navy cook Doris Miller saved the lives of his fellow sailors and repelled a Japanese attack using a machine gun he hadn’t been trained to use.